Gregory Dorado: Dance Maker + Artist // Ep. 3
Gregory Dorado is a dancer, choreographer, actor, writer and director of new original performance works and films. He is a graduate of The California Institute of the Arts and founder of SHIFT, a performance collective. His performance and film work include non-traditional immersive theatrical experiences that blur the line between dance, film, theatre and performance art. His work investigates universal human experience, community engagement, and his own identity as a queer artist of color. Originally from Sacramento, Gregory is currently living in New Orleans. In this episode: The status quo narratives of what dancers are supposed to look like. Tradition as a burden. The impact of elitist ideals, colonialism, and language in expressive movement for underserved communities. The body as instrument and music. Creating and exploring ritual solely with the body. Plant medicine as body ritual. Claiming your power and body identity. Being in dialog with plants and relating it to our human experiences. Wiggling and shaking as self care. Connect with him through Instagram @gregorydorado or email email@example.com to learn more about his SHIFT Performance Collective offerings. Also, find his newest plant medicine project Amber House Apothecary at www.amberhouseapothecary.com and @amberhouseapothecary. Host + Producer Lola Venado: lolavenado.com, @lolavenado Podcast: branchandbonemedicine.show, @branchandbone You can support the production of this community offering by sharing, rating, or making a donation. Thank you!
20 Feb 2018
Aysen Farag: Indigenous Medicine Woman // Ep. 9
Aysen Farag of Earth Dreams Totems in Toronto, Canada. Aysen, whose name means “Moonlight Reflected on the Water”, is an Egyptian-Sudanese medicine woman, an herbalist, plant spirit worker, and ceremony leader. She was born into a long lineage of indigenous African healers, and has been initiated as a wisdom keeper in the lineage of the Q’ero people from the Andes. She passionately shares her gifts in energy healing, sacred plant medicine, ceremony, and intuitive readings while working with the wisdom gained from various elders and the medicines that have been passed down thru the generations in her family. In this episode: Ancestors visiting through dreams Reconciling magic and religion Answering the call to honor our ancestral wisdoms Realizing how traumas are stored in our bodies How letting go of expectations opens space for our true medicine path Cultural appreciation vs appropriation Use of the words Indigenous and Shaman Respecting the psychoactive properties of all plants Connect with her: earthdreamstotems.com, @lady_of_the_green, YouTube, Facebook. Host + Producer Lola Venado: lolavenado.com, @lolavenado Podcast: branchandbonemedicine.show, @branchandbone You can support the production of this community offering by sharing, rating, or making a donation. Thank you!
26 Aug 2018
Pilar Mejia: Healing Mentor + Slayer of Domestications // Ep. 8
Pilar Mejia of I Heal Myself to Heal the World, a space where she writes to share about her healing journey as a mestiza woman from the lands we call Mexico. Her space is not about enlightenment or sharing fake spirituality. She says, "I don’t do “spiritual work”. Spirit knows what we need and who we are." Pilar is a Slayer of Domestications, focusing on finding our authentic selves and healing our ancestral trauma, speaking up about white supremacy and racism. She is a cannabis advocate, a no-bullshit writer, intuitive healing mentor, racial justice activist, and a badass woman who is here to shake things up! In this episode: Becoming disenchanted with the yoga culture of the U.S. The delusion of "love and light" being enough, spiritual bypassing The importance of both white and BIPOC healing from white supremacy How society is structured to numb us to our shadow aspects The harm of personal and global disconnections and domestications Reconciling being of service and accessible while still paying your bills Decolonizing feminism, not identifying as a feminist How the ancestral genocide of European white women plays into present day traumas manifesting in oppressions Cannabis for OCD and pain, how CBD oil is a placebo Connect with her: ihealmyselftohealtheworld.com, patreon.com/IHealMyselftoHealtheWorld, @hijadeitzpapalotl, Email firstname.lastname@example.org Also mentioned: Itzpapalotl, Aztec warrior Goddess who stands for purfication or rejuvenation by sacrifice of that what is precious. "Cihuateteo, “Divine Women,” were the malevolent spirits of women who died in childbirth. They were likened to the spirits of male warriors who died in violent conflict, because childbirth was conceptually equivalent to battle in Aztec culture. Not only was Itzpapalotl considered one of the Cihuateteo herself, but she was also one of the Tzitzimime, star demons, that threatened to devour people during solar eclipses." Robert Augustus Masters http://robertmasters.com/writings/spiritual-bypassing/ "True spirituality is not a high, not a rush, not an altered state. It has been fine to romance it for a while, but our times call for something far more real, grounded, and responsible..." Host + Producer Lola Venado: lolavenado.com, @lolavenado Podcast: branchandbonemedicine.show, @branchandbone You can support the production of this community offering by sharing, rating, or making a donation. Thank you!
14 Jul 2018
Sen Elias: Root Doctor + Witch // Ep. 10
Sen Elias of Crescent City Conjure in New Orleans. From a very young age, Sen could feel the tug of magic calling him to practice the occult. During his journeys, he has studied European Witchcraft, Southern Folk Magic, and Western Hermeticism; he is an initiate of the Alexandrian tradition. Sen is the owner of Crescent City Conjure, a magical business that maintains its reputation for authentic spiritual tools to be used in Witchcraft and Southern Conjure. Sen has dedicated his life to the pursuit of magical truths, and he endeavors to continue teaching the mysteries of his craft and learning from the wise. In this episode: The difference between hoodoo, voodoo, witchcraft, wicca How the transatlantic slave trade shaped hoodoo The value of elders holding us accountable, ramparting our mistakes, keeping us safe Using meditation and journaling as a way to cope with and develop gifts and lessons Making leaps and having spirit meet you halfway Trusting that ancestors and spirits have a wider and better perspective than you do Addressing drama within spirituality/healing circles Maintaining a good spiritual hygiene practice The importance of learning hoodoo from the African American perspective Connect with Sen: crescentcityconjure.us, @crescentcityconjure, YouTube. Book recommendations: 'African American Folk Healing' Stephanie Y. Mitchem; 'African American Slave Medicine' Herbert C. Covey; 'Hoodoo Medicine' Faith Mitchell. Host + Producer Lola Venado: lolavenado.com, @lolavenado Podcast: branchandbonemedicine.show, @branchandbone You can support the production of this community offering by sharing, rating, or donating. Thank you!
12 Oct 2018
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